Draft Day Moves 02/21/2011
Draft Day Trades

Every year teams move up or down in the draft to select the players they covet or to add depth to their team. Of course in mocks you don’t predict the trades, so here is a look into  teams who could be looking to trade down or up.

Patriots: The Patriots have 2 picks in the first round and are always looking to move. They will more than likely trade down from at least one spot, if not both. They are always looking to bolster their future and love having multiple picks.

Texans: The Texans are a team that I think could trade back up in the first round. Much like the Packers from 09 they are switching to a 34 defense and have to glaring needs. With their first pick they could select either an outside speed rusher at linebacker, or go on the defensive end for a player who fits their 34 scheme. They have a glaring need at nose tackle so don’t be surprised if they trade back up in the first round and target Phil Taylor, the only true nose tackle for a 34 scheme. This way they add two key pieces to a defense that was awful last year in hopes to improve.

Dolphins: The Dolphins don’t have a second round pick this year so they will more than likely be looking to trade down to get some extra picks. They have holes at a few positions, including QB, so I would expect them to trade down and target their favorite QB.

Packers: The Packers GM Ted “Trade Down” Thomson has often been criticized for his drafts. But after the Packers took the Lombardi trophy back to its home place his critics have been silenced. He still likes having multiple picks, and the Packers could easily trade down some points and still get the players that they are after.

Of course as we get closer to draft time it will become more clear what each team wants and is thinking, so it is easier to guess who is going to make a move. For now these are just early ideas of what teams may do. As the draft unfolds and players start slipping it will be easier to guess which teams could possibly look to slid back into the first round to take some more top notch talent, with so many teams looking to trade down.

Please leave your comments and who you think is looking to move come draft day!

NFL Stocks

The underwear olympics also known as the combine is a place where many NFL players see their draft stocks shoot through the roof or fall off the table. We have all  heard Veron Gholston, a guy whose stock skyrocketed after the combine and hasn’t done much in the NFL, as well as Anquan Bolden, a guys who stock plummeted after running a slow 40 time at the combine and has been a star.  Let’s take a look at this year’s draft class and focus in on a few players who have a lot to gain, lose, or prove at the combine this year.

Torrey Smith/Titus Young/Randall Cobb: All three of these wide receivers are known to be speed threats. The combine is going to help separate which of the 3 is the best. Chances are whoever runs the fastest is going to have the early edge in draft stock. If all run well they could all work their way into the first round, but they could also run their way out of the first round.

Ryan Kerrigan: This guy draws comparisons to Aaron Kampman. He a high effort guy who doesn’t necessarily measure up physically, so he could see his stock tumble a bit after the combine, even though he is an outstanding prospect.

Von Miller: Yes Miller will be a top pick in the draft regardless, but he is a physical freak. At the combine don’t be surprise if he is the star, and people start talking about him having going #1 overall because of it. His stock can’t get much higher, but if it can get any higher it will be after he puts on a show at the combine.

Colin Kapernick/Cam Newton: Both of these QB’s have question marks in terms of their ability to play the position but neither has anyone questioning their athleticism.  Newton has a chance to dazzle with his measurables, to cement his draft status or even have a few more teams jump on his band wagon. Kapernick on the other hand could possibly end up being a first round pick if he shows how great of an athlete he is.

Robert Quinn: Quinn didn’t play last season after getting suspended. Most people still have Quinn as one of their better prospects, but he can solidify his spot, or jump over a few other outside backers if he proves he has the physical ability to do so.  

J.J. Watt: Watt has quite a range depending on what draft you look at. I have seen him as high as six and as low as 28th. Watt has a chance to show where he belongs, on the top half or the bottom half of the draft at the combine. He will be a draft board changer.

Ryan Mallet: Typically QB’s don’t see their stock affected much by the combine, as they do their pro day. But if Mallet can prove he has more speed than people give him credit for he may be able to slid into the first round as well. It’s a stretch to most, but it could happen.

Jimmy Smith, Brandon Harris, Prince Amukamara: Everyone has Peterson as their top rated corner, but who is number two? The combine is going to give an early edge to one of these 3 players as the second best corner prospect in the draft. 

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